Book Review: Ashley's War, The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Ashley's War:  The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a non-fiction book published in April 2015.  The story follows several women and their quest to become the first women to be in combat along the Green Berets and Army Rangers. This is a book that was selected in my workplace for discussion between women and/or veterans.  The book discussion was broken into three parts much like how the story was broken up.  It garnered great conversations. Some of the things that happened in the book didn't surprise me, such as how physically demanding the tryouts were to be part of the special operations.  It's a demanding job that requires people to be not only physically strong but mentally strong.     What did shock me was that it took the military so long to allow women to fight along men on the battlefield.  Another thing that astonished me were how accepting most of the men in the Army Rangers were of the women fight

Book Review: The Prisoner by B.A. Paris

Book Review The Prisoner by B.A. Paris
The Prisoner by B.A. Paris opens with Amelie losing her father to cancer and striking out to make it on her own as she doesn't want to be a ward of the state.  She eventually marries billionaire Jed Hawthorne, but one night, Amelie is awakened and finds herself and Jed being kidnapped.  Why are they being kidnapped, and who are her captors?

A big thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for the Advanced Readers Copy of The Prisoner by B.A. Paris in exchange for my honest review.  This author is one of my favorite authors, so I was ecstatic that my request to review this book was approved.

The first thing that struck me about The Prisoner were some of the similarities between this book and The Family Game by Catherine Steadman.  Both books feature a main character that has been orphaned and a handsome, wealthy man who is isn't who you think he is.  However, that is where the semblance ends.  With that being said, there were times that I was getting the two confused since I read both books back to back.

The Prisoner was told from alternating timelines, which added mystery to the story.  This was done exceptionally well without detracting from the reading experience.  It was action packed and well written.  I found myself rushing through the book to finish because it was that engaging, and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen.  It was so captivating that I read The Prisoner in less than twenty-four hours.  I wanted Amelie to be okay and couldn't care less about what happened to her husband because he turned out to be that despicable. The only thing that I didn't particularly care for was the ending, which seemed a little abrupt to me.  I wish there had been a bit more backstory to Ned and more character development of Amelie's friends.
Four out of five stars is what I gave The Prisoner by B.A. Paris and can't wait to read her next novel.  I guess I'm in for a long wait.

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